Album number four from transplanted French/Canadiens E-Force, and this time around band founder and former Voivod vocalist Eric Forrest brings an army of lead guitar virtuosos into the fray with him as no less than five veteran guitarists share the axe-slinging duties here. Demonikhol is a concept album about what alcohol can do to the human mind and body (i.e. Demon Alcohol with a more clever title) and with it you get a frenetic and intense thrash assault in the process. The music is a bit more technical, timbered with a bit of a finesse to it, but there are headbangs a many thoughout the behemothian release. Titles such as Debauchery, Grievance, Double Edged Sword, The Day After and Insidious (and of course the cleverly titled ender Last Call) all really paint a portrait of man’s carnal lust for the bottle. Very dark subject matter and this is definitely not the frivolous bay area thrash about tongue in cheek partying (the dark side of Tankard?). Check out that very haunting and dark track The Day After! Either way it’s intensity can be a bit more than I enjoy with my thrash, but it is still a poignant tableau nonetheless. At the end of the day you have a slew of new toxic thrash tracks to wreck your neck on. Get in the pit!
Choice Tracks – Invasion, Insidious, Ultimatum, Grievance, The Day After